Feast of Fields debuts at Glenora's Alderlea Farm Sept. 16

Feast of Fields is on its way to Alderlea Farm next weekend. -
Feast of Fields is on its way to Alderlea Farm next weekend.
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B.C.'s big sipping-and-sampling smorg returns to Cowichan next week, this time landing at Glenora's pastoral, organic  Alderlea Farm.

Owners John and Katy Ehrlich will host 60 chefs, plus a barrel of beverage makers Sept. 16 during FarmFolk City Folk's annual wandering fete to food since 1998.

Feast's visit to Alderlea Farm marks the seventh time the gastronomic gala's been staged in Cowichan. Other venues have included Providence Farm.

Some 60 chefs, plus agents for restaurants, wineries, breweries and other producers will appear, including folks from 30 Cowichan food-and-beverage makers, organizer Melanie Banas says in a release.

Chef Brock Windsor of the Stone Soup Inn will serve "a local creation not regularly found on his menu," she noted.

The Inn recently received bronze for best Vancouver Island restaurant in Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Awards.

The valley's Unsworth Vineyards, and Amuse Bistro's chef Brad Boisvert, will offer "a delectable treat paired with the wines from the vineyard, reflecting the unique character of the valley," Banas added of another edible surprise under wraps.

"As a special treat this year, Mike Ready with Lekker Foods Distributors will bring a sampling of fresh, local cheeses, as well as a baby water buffalo on loan for the day from (Cowichan's) Fairburn Farm."

The Ehrlichs are ready to host 900-some folks to Feast of Fields that's among the island's largest, longest-standing food and wine festivals that sells out every year.

Alderlea Farm & Cafe is at 3390 Glenora Rd.

Tickets are $85 for adults, $15 for youths age seven to 12. Children age six and younger admitted free.

For details, and to purchase tickets, visit


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